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Emotions are good and bad. For example when I was at my prime my motivation was a girl and I felt like nothing could stop me. I had straight As and was pretty good at running. I never gave up or anything, however once I entered college the girl just pretty much vanished and made it seem like i was nothing to her. My motivation went down hill and all i feel like doing is sleeping, my grades are just enough to not get me kicked out of college, and i have gained about 30-40 pounds since my freshmen year. Now when i was younger I secluded myself to test a theory out I got straight As as well and was extremely efficient. This is why I think its a both a con and a pro to have emotions. When you have the right feelings you are unstoppable, but when you don't you feel like the world is crashing down on you.
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You have positive and negative emotions in all flavours but when you don't feel any of them that is when you become a machine. Trying to starting to feel again but you are just too cold inside and outside. The only things that responds to no emotions state is to scare yourself away and fake laugh. That kicks in something but to cry if you have enough water in body would be the best. Those drugs are making people crazy machines...
The best in me is the unchanging will. The human will has proven more than we know. Will over your own existence is underrated in this world today.
Posted 4/19/13 , edited 4/19/13
It's what drives creativity.

Personally, i think there is always a conflict of interest on how different people interact and expect from one another, so it's up to the individual to actualise its value to them.
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Naicisum wrote:
What I find to be most interesting is the significance of emotions that drive everything that we do.
How and why it came to be specifically.

This is a very good question, and I think I have the answer that you are looking for, although it's a long read. Emotions are regulated by the limbic system (amygdala, hippocampus, etc), and the limbic system is also the "grand central station" of information processing in the brain. Nearly all sensory information gets routed through the limbic system on its way to different parts of the brain for processing.

The limbic system is highly active during emotional experiences (stress, positive social interactions, etc), and this is true of humans and all other animals. Therefore, humans are not the only animals that experience emotions, and judging by limbic activity alone, many animals are far more emotional than we are (like dogs for example). This should be no surprise, because humans specialize in complex abstract and mechanical thought processes, which make us capable of building cool things like the internal combustion engine.

The hippocampus is also required for memory formation. This means that the stronger the emotion, the stronger the memory formed around it. PTSD is caused by a positive feedback loop of emotional trauma - memory formation - remembering emotional trauma - stronger memory formation. But it's not just bad experiences that form strong memories - no woman forgets the birth of her child either. This is also a justification for learning mnemonics that are dirty jokes when trying to memorize something boring.

However, this also means that learning relies on the ability to respond emotionally. This is actually the subject of my research, although I have a more narrow focus. I'm studying the role of a couple different hippocampal receptors in mood regulation and memory formation. Major depressive disorder is a neurodegenerative illness that impairs memory formation, but antidepressant drugs can also impair specific kinds of memory problems. I'd like to design non-SSRI drugs that relieve the cognitive defects associated with certain neurodegenerative disorders.
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